I’m quite guilty of not having blogged in quite some time. Ironically, web innovation and convenience are completely to blame. It’s Twitter‘s fault specifically. The ability to jot down a short message with the web browsing equivalent of a flick of the wrist is inviting and satisfying. Not even the 140-character limit is any type of deterrent; in fact, expressing a quick thought or notion in such a short span is puzzle-solving fun.
I do plan on blogging from time to time, and I know a person or two does read this for whatever reason. I do enjoy doing it, but with the hectic nature of my life these days, my 140-character addiction seems a much better fit.
For those of you starved to read my words, please follow me on twitter. I promise I update it a lot.
Filed under: general
Looking back, I’m not sure I was aware that February was flying by. Maybe it was because I had a birthday, and I wanted to forget that part. Who knows.
What was going on that took so much of my attention that I didn’t mark the passing of my favorite month with any sort of celebration or thought? I somewhat remember a get together at my house to jointly watch the big professional football championship game and make festive note of my birthday. Valentine’s Day was in there, and I do recall now taking my wife out for a special lunch. I may have had a cold in there somewhere, not unlike now. Oh wait, I do recall having a headache last month that lasted for a week and a half.
But what else was in there? Did it snow? What the heck happened to last month?
Oh, February, forgive my faltering mind.
Filed under: general, birthday, february, football, headache, party
January 20, 2009 • 10:15 am
As young men and women, we are taught that when one shakes hands with another, the handshake should be strong and firm. The purpose is to present yourself as strong and confident. In fact, studies show that a person with a firm handshake is more likely to land a job than a person using the “limp fish” handshake (the “limp fish” handshake is also known as apathetically placing your dead hand in the general path of someone else’s handshake.) So, yes, we must all have firm handshakes and promote ourselves as best we can.
However, let’s not go overboard. Having a firm handshake is one thing, but attempting to crush another person in a kung-fu death-grip is quite another. I have been in some handshake duels in my time – duels that end with white-knuckling and blue fingertips. To some, and it happens mostly with man/man handshakes, the custom itself becomes a test of manhood. Handshakes become a way to show dominance or win mating rights or something. Let’s take it easy people, firm doesn’t mean pain. Let’s keep this thing civil.
If I shake your hand, I want to know you’re into it, but you don’t need to defeat me.
Filed under: life, business, first impression, handshake
January 14, 2009 • 12:25 pm
This will hopefully become a regular feature here. The object here is to complete headlines with my own subtle changes and additions. Seems to me that so many headlines are ripe with possibilities, so why not explore them. My change to headlines will be in bold. Here goes. Enjoy.
- Removing cats to protect birds backfires on island as it sinks into sea
- Firefighters charged with using arson to get work, chicks
- Stocks tumble on disappointing retail sales causing severe bruising
- Panel: Technology alone can’t protect kids online – Ninjas, Gladiators also necessary
- Yahoo Names CEO with Strong Track Record, Good Upper-body Strength
- Video games expected to evolve in 2009, human-like appendages expected by 2018
- No credible terror threats seen for Super Bowl unless Cardinals advance
- Finger length may predict financial success and pointing efficiency
- Caffeine Can Cause Hallucinations, Super Powers
- Kepler Spacecraft to Hunt Earth-Like Worlds, Destroy Them
Filed under: finishing headlines, funny, headlines, news
December 23, 2008 • 12:18 pm
I haven’t posted in an absurd amount of time. I’m coming to the time where I decide to not blog anymore and delete the whole thing. Then, a little later, realize I’d still like to blog and have to create a new one. Then, once again, I’ll have a blog to post something on, maybe once a month, that no one will read besides me and a friend or two. Oh well, the spice must flow.
There is a point to this blog, as I have once again succumbed to a futuristic technology. It’s nothing really new, but alas I have fell into the Twitter abyss. So far, it doesn’t seem like much more than a place to collect facebook status messages, but I’m going to keep with it to see if I can discover the unavoidable allure of it all. And even if that’s all it ever turns out to be, I guess it’s a good, fun waste of a few minutes a day. Besides, I know that there are many, many people out there hanging on my every status update.
On my way out, let me just say Merry Christmas to those of you reading. I hope your holiday is blessed and happy.
Filed under: general, technology, facebook, merry christmas, twitter
November 19, 2008 • 6:30 am
Don’t Know… Never Been Attack By Tree – If you were worried that Godzilla might never surface in Japan again, you can lay your anxiety to rest. Apparently, the thunder lizard has made a reappearance in a slightly unusual way. Well, because his other appearances are generally made in usual ways. In any case, I give you this to ponder. Watch the video at the bottom of the page for the original Godzilla music (also with an exerpt or two of Mussorgsky’s Great Gate of Kiev).
Filed under: geek peeks, geek peeks, godzilla, tree
October 30, 2008 • 11:37 am
So, this has got to be one of the most unintentionally hilarious quotes I’ve ever read:
“I am no longer interested in three dimensions. I would even like to become a resident of the two-dimensional world”
This was uttered by a Japanese man who has petitioned his goverment to lawfully accept marriages between humans and comic book characters. Yes… sounds about right.
Read more here, because I don’t really know that I can add much.
Filed under: weird
October 7, 2008 • 11:53 am
I have a pretty good job. I’m around people at work that I get along well with. I have a schedule in which I can keep my own hours, and I can even work remotely from home which is quite a blessing with my brood of offspring and my wife’s hectic schedule. So, I should be happy with it all, right.
As with all implied assumptions in blogs such as this, no, I’m not.
I’m not sure what it is, but I don’t feel like I’m really good at what I do. Now, my wife, friends, even clients have told me they like what I do, and I appreciate that, but I just can’t shake the feeling that I’m scraping by. I hate that feeling.
What’s worse is that there are several other things that I’d like to try to do, but all of which lead me to the same feeling that I’m just not good enough to do them. Is this just having no confidence in myself? Is it a complete lack of self-esteem? Is it simply seeing reality?
This is a strange feeling, and a strange time. I don’t know that there’s an answer at the moment, and I’m certainly not looking for reassurances. Honestly not sure what I’m looking for, but whatever the answer and whatever the reason, I’ll see it eventually. I don’t know where I’ll be then, but I won’t smell too good, that’s for sure.
Filed under: general
September 9, 2008 • 11:54 am
I just got a burrito from a popular fastfood restaurant that specializes in things taco. The burrito was advertised as being both cheesy and filled with a double portion of beef. I was intrigued, and I was lured in. The first bite wasn’t bad; in fact, it was pretty good. The second bite, however, presented the endless bounty of sadness that the burrito had to offer: a cascading flow of rice. Rice in a burrito says one thing to me, “We filled the majority of your burrito was tasteless, carbfodder. Enjoy.”
I’m sad now. I’m very sad, and that burrito and it’s rice innards are to blame. I may not recover from this.
Filed under: general
August 20, 2008 • 12:16 pm
And finally…I have found it.
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